If you have been injured in a boating accident on one of Georgia’s many lakes or rivers, or off the Georgia Atlantic coast, Georgia law gives victims a way to seek justice and compensation when they are injured in a boating accident due to someone else’s negligence or illegal behavior. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a boating accident, you have a legal right to demand compensation from the person or company that caused your injuries. If they refuse to pay, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them.

To win a boat accident lawsuit, you will need to show that the person who caused the accident was acting negligently or unlawfully based on the legal standards in Georgia. For example, a plaintiff-victim in a boat accident case may be able to show that the person operating the other boat was intoxicated and was violating Georgia’s laws against Boating Under the Influence. Georgia prohibits an individual from driving a boat if they have a blood-alcohol content of 0.08.

You can also win your boat accident lawsuit if you can show that the person operating the other boat was driving recklessly and carelessly as defined under Georgia boating laws, such as by speeding or exceeding the weight limits on their boats. There are several regulations governing the operation of boats in Georgia, so our experienced boat accident lawyers can help you make the right legal arguments.

There are many ways someone can be injured in a boating accident. Some of the most common boat accidents include:

  • Head-to-head collisions between jet skis and boats due to speeding, overcrowding, failing to stay within your channel on the water, or violating any of the other “rules of the road” under Georgia’s Boating Laws;
  • Injuries caused by propellers; 
  • Injuries caused by an inexperienced boat operator who lacks a valid boating license or who is not qualified to operate the boat;
  • Nighttime collisions by boats and jet skis that lack proper lighting;
  • Collisions with docks, buoys, and other fixed objects in the water;
  • Accidents caused by overloading a boat;
  • Accidents resulting from defective or malfunctioning boats;
  • Injuries or deaths caused by a failure to carry safety equipment on board.

Do I need a boating accident lawyer?

To protect your case and ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible, we strongly advise calling our experienced boat accident lawyers before filing a lawsuit. Boating laws in Georgia are complex, and the person or company that caused your boating accident likely has an insurance company that is looking for ways to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve.

For example, our boating accident lawyers can investigate the accident further to determine what regulations were violated by the driver of the other boat. We can also investigate the scene of the accident and collect evidence. This is crucial, because if the boating accident occurred somewhere outside of Georgia’s jurisdiction, such as in a waterway used for interstate or international commerce, or that is owned by the federal government, maritime law will apply to your case rather than Georgia negligence law. Maritime law is far more complicated and may result in your receiving less compensation than you deserve. If you believe maritime law applies to your case, contact our experienced maritime attorneys to discuss how you can seek compensation for your injuries.

Once you are ready, we can also help you and your family prepare a “demand letter” that identifies the extent of your injuries, explains how those injuries were negligently or unlawfully caused by the other boat, and demand fair compensation under Georgia law. Common damages sought in boating accident cases include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cut wounds caused by propellers, and in some cases, loss of limbs
  • Lung damage due to inhaling water
  • Infections from cuts and other injuries in the water
  • Death due to blunt force trauma or drowning
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and future wages due to your injuries
  • Value for the damage done to your boat and other property

In almost every case involving personal injuries, you can expect the insurance company to try to dismiss your lawsuit. We are experienced boating accident lawyers who understand Georgia boating laws and can protect your lawsuit from insurance company attacks. We can also make sure your case is filed before the “statute of limitations” runs, as a victim of a boating accident has only 2 years to file a lawsuit or forfeit their claim.

How much is it going to cost me to file a boating accident lawsuit?

The short answer is this – it won’t cost you anything unless and until we win for you. Like most boat accident attorneys, we operate on a “contingency fee” basis. That means you don’t pay a nickel unless we succeed in getting you the compensation you need to treat your injuries and move on with your life.

Call our experienced boat accident lawyers to find out if you can file a lawsuit.

Whether by negotiating a favorable settlement on your terms or helping you win a jury verdict after trial, we are ready to help you maximize the value of your case. Unlike many other lawyers, we won’t take the insurance company’s first or second offer just to make a quick buck and close your case. We won’t settle for less than you are owed.

We maintain a limited number of serious injury cases so we can dedicate as much time and resources to each case. Unlike large personal injury firms, once you hire us, you will be communicating with our attorneys, not a case manager. Call our firm’s experienced boat accident lawyers to make sure your case is protected and that you have an attorney fighting for your interests.

Not satisfied with your current personal injury attorney? You have a right to a new lawyer at no additional cost to you.  Find out how easy it is to switch to our firm.

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